“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein
Greetings my dear readers! Tis the season to come together and yet here I am, ruminating about solitude. You see, as an introvert I cannot possibly stress the importance of solitude enough. Some might think it is exaggerated and roll their eyes, but truly, the lack of it might drive an introvert crazy.
We must understand that there is a huge difference between solitude and loneliness. Just because people choose to enjoy their solitude and peace from time to time, does not mean they are loners. Any person, even an extrovert, needs that time alone whether it is to introspect or just take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. Especially when you take off into the creative lane in life, solitude is gold. A disturbed mind cannot possibly create; when the mind is preoccupied, how can the imagination soar?
The best time to enjoy solitude, in my humble opinion, is either late at night or early in the morning. And thus I found myself with a cup of Orange Spicer tea from Typhoo in my magic marauders mug and my cats, early in the morning, enjoying my solitude. This tea is actually a fruit infusion that is caffeine and sugar free, thus being healthier.
Orange, spiced up with clove, cinnamon and ginger make this a truly delightful drink. Though it can be consumed both hot and cold, I didn’t get around to trying it cold because the warmth just suits the spices. You can brew this in boiling hot water and it will not go bitter since there is no real tea in there. I’d suggest steeping it for a good 5 minutes if you like stronger flavour.
It brews a beautiful orange colour, and the aroma of orange wafting up from the cup is quite mouth-watering. The head notes are a mix of fruity and spicy, though the spice is more from the aroma than flavour initially. The body is citrusy and tart with the orange flavour really coming through and the tail notes are where the cinnamon and clove come through.
It is quite the perfect blend for a cold winter morning. It’s lovely and warm, not just from the temperature but also the spices. I urge you to try this fruit infusion and contemplate on your solitude, dear reader. Good luck and happy holidays!
All the love, T.